It all started with a bus trip to North  Carolina...

Leaders from local businesses, government and Chesterfield County Schools took a bus trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to see a Communities In Schools (CIS) program in action.  The folks on the bus trip liked what they saw and came home inspired and energized to help students succeed in school.  The trip was organized by Bobby Ukrop, who later became the founding CIS of Chesterfield Board Chair.  The Board hired Martha J. Frickert as the first Executive Director and began serving students in the fall of 1993:

  • Manchester Academy at Manchester Middle School served 60 at risk middle school students from across the county that first year.
  • Burger King Academy (BKA) at Meadowbrook High School, named for the financial support from the local Burger King Corporation, enrolled 30 students from Meadowbrook High School in the day program and an additional 30 students in a night program that began in 1994.  Students completing all course requirements for graduation earned a high school diploma; three students achieved that goal the first year.
  • Knightsbridge Academy at Thomas Dale High School enrolled 20 students in the fall of 1993.

Spring 1994—CIS opened programs at Bellwood and Chalkley elementary schools, and one site coordinator served both schools.

Fall 1994—the Knightsbridge Academy merged with Burger King Academy and BKA also began serving students from Bird High School.

Fall 1995—The Manchester Academy was renamed Turning Point Academy when the former Enon Annex became home to the program.

1996—with a grant from the Office of Virginia’s Governor, CIS began operating with full-time site coordinators at Bellwood and Chalkley elementary schools.

Fall 1996 - Burger King Academy moved to the Perrymont Road Annex, and the program became open to all students in the county. At that time, approximately 100 students enrolled in the day program and more than 300 students in the night program.  Later, Burger King Academy becomes Chesterfield Community High and then moves the former Carver High School.

2003-04 - CIS of Chesterfield  expands to serve Ettrick Elementary School.

2012 - CIS of Chesterfield officially separates from the Chesterfield Education Foundation and becomes a separate 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

2014 - During a Strategic Planning Retreat, Board Members are challenged to consider expanding to serve an additional school.  Board members work with CCPS leadership to identify next school - Falling Creek Middle.

Summer 2015 - Chesterfield Community High School becomes the Carver College and Career Academy - offering students the opportunity to enter one of four learning pathways: Building Trades, Business and Technology, Child Development, and Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation.

Fall 2015 - CIS of Chesterfield is awarded a 3-year United Way Community Impact grant.  CIS of Chesterfield expands to serve Falling Creek Middle School.

Currently, CIS of Chesterfield serves over 4,000 students at six CCPS Schools...